dr. Milana Černelić, professor

Born August 11, 1954 in Osijek. In 1980 she graduated English language and literature and ethnology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. In 1980 she started working as an associate at the Department of Ethnology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. In 1988 she defended her MA thesis titled Traditions of Wedding Honors, Terms and Roles, with Special Regard to the Phenomenon and Role of ‘staćel’, and in 1997 PhD thesis titled Some Phenomena of Wedding Customs among Croat Bunjevci as Source for Studying their Ethnogenesis. She designed and taught several courses prior to the Bologna reform: Wedding Customs of Slavic Peoples (from academic year 1989/1990), Comparative Research of Customs (from 1998/1999) and Seminar in General Ethnology (from 2001/02), which grew out of an optional field-research course. She has taught postgraduate courses at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology since the academic year 1996/1998, within the course The Principles of Research of Material Culture. She co-authored the exhibition From the Heritage of Croats of Bačka – Bunjevci organized in cooperation with DVPH and the Ethnographic Museum in Zagreb. She cooperated with the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia on two propositions for the inscription of the škripavac cheese from and the prelo social practice from Lika on the register of intangible cultural heritage. For her book Bunjevačke studije Milana Černelić received the annual award of the Croatian Ethnological Society Milovan Gavazzi in 2008, in the scientific and teaching work category, and in 2010 she received the award in the same category as co-editor of volumes 2 and 3 of the monograph Živjeti na Krivom Putu. In 2012 she received the Charter of the Town of Senj for her ethnological research of Senj’s hinterland. For their work done as part of fieldwork she supervised, some students received awards from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Croatian Ethnological Society and the Chancellor’s Award for science. She is the member of the Croatian Ethnological Society, SIEF (International Society for Ethnology and Folklore), Matrix Croatica, Society of University Professors and Society of Croats of Vojvoda and Podunavlje. The focus of her scientific interest encompasses phenomena from spiritual and social culture: customs, family, the role of ethnologist in the development of rural tourism, problems of ethnic groups – especially Croatian (sub)ethnic group of Bunjevci and the issues of their ethnogenesis and the formation of their cultural an ethnic identity. From 1981 onwards she has collaborated on the following research projects: Peasant communal family (Communal families among Croats in the 19th and 20th century), Building a film documentation, Communality and its ethnological indicators, Thematic ethnological research, Destroyed heritage of Western Slavonia. From 2002-2006 she supervised the project Identity and ethnogenesis of coastal Bunjevci. From 2008 onwards she has been supervising the scientific project Identity and ethnocultural formation of Bunjevci. She cooperates on the national project Triplex Confinium and two international scientific projects: Bridges: Triplex Confinium: Croatian Bordlerlands in Euro-Mediterranean Context 1500. – 1800., (Department of History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (2004 – 2010) and Janković Castle: historic site, generating sustainable development of the Ravni Kotari region, University of Zagreb, from 2011 onwards. At the invitation of the Cultural-regional association “Napredak” from Gornja Lastva she supervised the project of ethnological field research in Gornja Lastva and other Croatian settlements in Boka Kotorska.